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Paragon Studios
MMORPG | Setting:Super-Hero | Status:Cancelled  (est.rel 04/27/04)  | Pub:NCSoft
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Download,Retail | Retail Price:n/a | Pay Type:Free | Monthly Fee:n/a
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City of Heroes

City of Heroes was a premier free-to-play MMORPG from the vaulted game companies NCSoft, Paragon Studios, and Cryptic Studios, and holds the distinction of being the first super-hero MMORPG. Players could enter Paragon City or the Rogue Isles and create a hero or villain from 10 archetypes, add Powers from a list of over 40 primary and sub classes, then set about questing to rise to the top of the hero or villain hierarchy. They could meet and fight alongside many signature heroes and villains, including Statesman, Lord Recluse, Sister Psyche, Scirocco, and others. Players could also ally themselves with other heroes and villains and build their own super Base of operations. They could also use the Mission Architect to create and share adventures. The game was shut down in November of 2012.


  • Paragon City | Heroes must help defend the good citizens of Paragon City in nine sprawling city zones.
  • Rogue Isles | The haven for the super-powered Villains, consisting of five crime-ridden zones.
  • Hero Archetypes | Blaster, Controller, Defender, Scrapper, Tanker.
  • Villain Archetypes | Mastermind, Stalker, Dominator, Corruptor, Brute.
  • Super Powers | Select your powers based on role - melee, buff/debuff, ranged, control, defense - to make up your Primary and Secondary Power Sets.

Freedom Blooper Reel Released by Hosun Lee

Freedom Blooper Reel Released by Hosun Lee - City of Heroes News

Sometimes blasts from the past are a ton of fun. Hosun Lee has released what he calls the City of Heroes Freedom Blooper Reel that is a ton of fun for fans of the now-defunct title.

Posted Aug 15, 2016 by Suzie Ford
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Fans Planning 12th Anniversary Event

A new post has cropped up on Titan Network that is attempting to bring fans of City of Heroes together for a twelfth anniversary get together that might possibly feature an RP session, 'personalities' possibly including ex-Paragon Studios employees, live streaming and more.

Posted Apr 25, 2016 by Suzie Ford
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Latest 'Loregasm' Ready for Your Questions

Former City of Heroes developer Matt "Positron" Miller is ready and waiting for questions from the now-defunct game's fanbase as part of his "Loregasm" series. Miller has created a special Google Document that allows people to ask non-business related questions about City of Heroes.

Posted Apr 27, 2015 by Suzie Ford
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A CoH Spiritual Successor? It's Closer Than You Think

A new post has appeared on the City of Titans site by Missing Worlds Studios President Nate Downes. According to the lengthy post, the team behind City of Titans has been in negotiations with NCSoft to acquire licensing for City of Heroes in some form or another.

Posted Sep 01, 2014 by Suzie Ford
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Thank You, City of Heroes

The 10th anniversary of City of Heroes' release came and went with not much more than a whisper. The game is dead and so the usual jubilation and of course, events to go along with such a momentous occasion, were nowhere to be found. It's a bittersweet thing to reflect upon. There just wasn't anything like City of Heroes, and to this day, there still isn't.

Posted Apr 30, 2014 by Michael Bitton
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How Fans Will Resurrect City of Heroes

City of Heroes may not have gotten resurrected by NCSoft after last year's shutdown, but fans aren't willing to let go of their favorite superhero extravaganza. Enter Missing Worlds Media and the team behind the Phoenix Project. We caught up with Jacob Bazzrea, Studio Manager, and Nate Downs, Technical Director, to talk about the project and how fans can get involved. Read on and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.

Posted Aug 27, 2013 by Suzie Ford
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The Phoenix Project - Spiritual Successor to City of Heroes

Polygon has a great new article about The Phoenix Project by Missing World Media. MWM is a group of ex-players of CoH also announced that it will begin a KickStarter project on September 8th. The team has said that The Phoenix Project will become the 'spiritual successor' to the shuttered "City of Heroes".

Posted Jul 29, 2013 by Suzie Ford
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Profitable or Not?

The closing of City of Heroes by NCSoft was a heartbreaker for many current and former players. In an investigative piece here at, we take a look at the closure and whether or not CoH was a profitable game raising speculation about why it was closed in the end. Read on and then join the conversation in the comments.

Posted Jan 04, 2013 by Suzie Ford
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Post-Mortem with Matt "Positron" Miller

We talk all things COH with the game's former Lead Designer. Watch and see what could have been in COH!

Posted Dec 22, 2012 by Suzie Ford
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Livestream Q&A Postponed!

We hate to be the bearer of the bad news, but those of you excited for our livestream Q&A with Matt 'Positron' Miller are going to have to wait just a little bit longer!

Posted Dec 20, 2012 by Michael Bitton
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